Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Weight Watchers!

Quick post tonight, had to make this card for a friend, and have taken so long to do so!  Partly due to the stamp coming from the USA and partly cause I'm so busy just now... thought I was supposed to have more time once the boys moved out!

Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - Super sketch

As for Merlot, he's still not great, he's back at the vet tomorrow so I'll update this post tomorrow night, Jx

Sunday, 21 September 2014


No card today, but instead a progress report on Merlot - yup that gorgeous kitten I showed you the other week beside the mouse.

Unfortunately he was badly injured on Wednesday and had to be rushed to the vet.  Still don't know if he was hit by a vehicle or attacked by an animal, but his injuries were extensive - to horrid to share.

Anyway he was in the vets till Fri and as he was managing to eat they let him home.  He has to go back this coming week to be assessed.

He has nasty facial injuries, a horrendous eye and a squint jaw.  He now goes about dribbling and with his tongue out so goodness knows what's wrong.  Hopefully as the swelling goes down some of the above will correct, just have to wait and see.  Our main concern however is his left eye, it is considerably calmer, but unfortunately he hasn't seen through it since the accident and it's not looking as it should.  Fingers crossed my little kitten makes a full recovery.  Rest is a great healer and he's getting plenty of that along with much love.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A Little Bit of Gossip...

Sorry, I don't actually have any gossip today, just telling you the name of the gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamp I'm using today for Pami's challenge over at Moving Along With The Times.

She has chosen

as our theme this week, & I was going to use a lovely LOTV fairy for the job, but then in an indulgent splurge, (you know the ones!) I bought new stamps from the Sugar Nellie Fairy Glen Collection.  I have admired these cuties from a far for some time now, and after my first pay from my new job I thought I deserved a treat!

So here is my card, made using Basic Grey papers from a long time ago and Promarker colouring.  Finally the card is finished with punched flowers and fern and LOTV tags. Ooh and a few splashes of glossy accents!

Papertake - Punch it Out
Passion for Promarkers - Make it Digital - SN digi
Sweet Stamps - Anything goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - Tag You're it
Glitter n Sparkle - Use a Punch
Simon Says Stamp - Tag It

The rest of the DT have made some super cards this week, why not hop back to the main page and leave them a comment, Jx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Birnam Wood

Hands up those who studied Macbeth at school, remember Birnam Wood? Duncan told his men to chop down boughs from Birnam Wood and to disguise themselves behind the branches and in the shadows as they advanced on Dunsinane Hill to commence battle with Macbeth!

Literature Lesson over, now for the card!

Tree themed, hence the above reference to Birnam Wood.  And the reason for trees being topical at the moment is the annual hedge trim.  I say trim cause that's usually all I manage, but Colin decided to help this year, which meant chain saws and power tools in action.  The result...about a foot off the top of the trees - and a load of tree cuttings to dispose of!  He did a grand job, pity he left with only one side done though!

So this is his card to send him on his way & to wish him all the best at RGU.  Missing him loads as you can imagine, Jx

Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - No Stamps

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


It's so lovely to be back crafting, I've really missed it over the Summer and hope to get caught up on cards over the coming weeks.  We have loads of family Birthdays in October, so I best make a start on them, so today's offering is a boy birthday card made using the OLL CD Say It With Words.

Ooh LaLa 65 - Birthday Boys
Jelly Park - All about pets
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - CAS

Finally I must share this photo with you, Merlot & the catch of the day... I hasten to add, the mouse was not harmed in any way and is now back in the field!

Monday, 15 September 2014

I'm Back!

After a somewhat extended crafting break I think I'm back and card making again.

The household has shrunk significantly, Colin moved out on Saturday, Alan the week before so now it's just me, hubby & cats!

So before I get onto my card, here are a few photo's of Colin in his new flat...

His room is tiny and is just one in a flat of 8 boys.

This is the front door to the flat.

And this is the outside of the building - sadly they are on the top floor!

I did hope to get a few more photos, but tears got in the way - mine obviously not Colin's!  He however is delighted to be a student, loves his flat and is getting on well with his flat mates.  Hopefully this will continue to be the case once Freshers Week is over and the real work begins.

Now, my card, made for a wedding this weekend using lovely Wild Rose Studio papers and a gorgeous Stamping Bella image.

Sketch Saturday - 327 by Debra
316 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Hobbycutz - Gold or Silver
Brown Sugar - Celebrations - Wedding

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Mad Hatters

Well that's Alan away back to start 3rd year at Uni, Colin leaves this coming weekend and then the house will be empty.  It's been kinda busy as you can imagine getting things ready for them leaving home hence the lack of cards, but after next weekend, I should be able to return to making more cards and doing more comments.

In the mean time, I'd like to share a CAS card I made from the the Ooh La La "Say it With Words" CD, This time I chose the image A Great Hat along with the co-ordinating papers.

Ooh La La - CAS
Hobbybook Designer - Girly
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes
Stampavie & More  - CAS
Wonderful Wednesday - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Golden Wedding Box Card

I'm a bit ahead of myself here, but hopefully by the time this posts I'll be in full swing with Christmas card production.

In the mean time however I want to tell you about the latest challenge over at Moving Along With The Times - chosen by Debs, it's...

A shaped card - no squares or rectangles allowed!

Now this challenge has had me stumped in the past - I'm a square kinda a girl - till I discovered box cards!

Quite a difficult one to photo - but I hope you get the general idea.  The couple are LOTV, the bells PB and the papers Wild Rose Studio.

And if any of you haven't made one of these before, instructions can be found here.

And like last time, the card was too big for an envelope, so I had to make a box too - don't like doing boxes, but Bev's tutorial here does make matters a lot simpler.

Storyteller - Wedding
Crafting at the weekend - Anything goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything goes
A Creative Romance - A touch of kraft
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Bingo - Flowers, Pearls & Ribbon on the box
Paper Shelter - Stars or hearts - I chose hearts
Simon says Stamp - No digi - PB & LOTV